VfL Wolfsburg - VfB Stuttgart Preview: It's down to the wire as Stuttgart fight for safety on the final day

Preview for the final game of the season for VfL Wolfsburg and VfB Stuttgart.

VfL Wolfsburg - VfB Stuttgart Preview: It's down to the wire as Stuttgart fight for safety on the final day
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It's the biggest game of the season for VfB Stuttgart as they dare to dream of the small chance that they will remain in the Bundesliga next season. With Wolfsburg as their opponents, can Jürgen Kramny's team stay in the top division of German football? 

A tough job for Stuttgart

Just three points separate safety from relegation from safety at the wrong end of the table. With Hannover 96 already down, it will go down to the wire to decide who stays in the top division. Jürgen Kramny's side will require three points AND Werder Bremen to lose against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Viktor Skrypnyk's team host Frankfurt in their final game of the season, and only three points will do for the home team if they wish to stay up. Stuttgart's last win came in March, a 5-1 thrashing of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Since then Kramny's side have lost six and drawn two in an abysmal end to the season, leaving their safety in serious doubt.

Their opponents come in the shape of Wolfsburg, who are also a team far away from their position at the end of last season. Wolfsburg sit in eighth place, however if they fail to win today and 1. FC Köln claim points in Dortmund, they could be ninth at the end of the day.

After finishing second last season, Dieter Hecking's side have faced a rough season full of injury and poor results. Last weekend's win away to Hamburger SV was their first win in their previous six matches. Wolfsburg will be keen for this season to end, and will hope to introduce reinforcements ahead of next seasons competition. One of those being Daniel Didavi, who will look to keep his current club, Stuttgart, up today in what will be his final game. 

Will it be all smiles for Kramny and Stuttgart come full-time on Saturday? | Image source: kicker
Will it be all smiles for Kramny and Stuttgart come full-time on Saturday? | Image source: kicker

Team news 

Both sides are without two of their crucial players this afternoon; Wolfsburg's Julian Draxler and Bruno Henrique will miss the game due to injury.

Stuttgart will have to do without the services of Geoffroy Serey Dié and Daniel Ginczek.

Predicted line-ups 

VfL Wolfsburg: Benaglio; Vieirinha, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez; Gustavo, Arnold; Schurrle, Kruse, Caligiuri; Dost.

VfB Stuttgart: Langerak; Schwaab, Baumgartl, Niedermeier, Insua; Gentner, Didavi, Rupp; Werner, Kravets, Harnik.

Stuttgart will have to attack from the off if they wish to stay in the Bundesliga for another season, can the Wolves prevent them from doing so?